Showing posts with label Moroccan rug fringe repair. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Moroccan rug fringe repair. Show all posts

Monday, December 14, 2020

Moroccan Rug - Binding Comes Undone


A rug can withstand decades of daily life with minimal maintenance.  Occasionally, however, a rug will need a little more than a good cleaning to keep it as beautiful and structurally sound as it needs to be.  This is usually in the form of reinforcement of the edges, especially the fringed edges.  Over the years, the original binding that most weavers place along the fringed edges will start to come undone.  This is sometimes hastened by aggressive vacuuming, or children or pets tugging at the edges.  If this is repaired before any of the pile becomes compromised, this is a straightforward repair.  And it will take considerably less time, and money, to repair a binding along a fringed edge than it would to reknot a missing or damaged area of the pile.  This is the reason we always recommend that binding is always done as soon as it becomes damaged - namely to avoid more significant damage to the rug itself.  As the old adage goes, a stitch in time saves nine (and sometimes more!). 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Moroccan Rug Cleaning. Special considerations

Anyone who has opened up a home decor magazine in the last decade undoubtedly has seen many beautiful examples of gorgeous Moroccan rugs - from stunning, monochromatic Beni Ourain rugs such as those pictured above, to fantastically vibrant Moroccan kilims.  Moroccan rugs have been adorning and beautifying homes for centuries and they are among the most beautiful rugs in the world.  Caring for them is similar to caring for Persian, Turkish and other Oriental rugs.  However, they do pose several unique challenges.  Moroccan rugs tend to have a longer pile than other Oriental rugs, leaving room at the base of the pile for dirt to become embedded, and in some instances, for moths to inflict damage.  Moroccan wool is coarser, generally, than Persian and Turkish wool.  Also, Moroccan dyes, as indeed all dyes, can be fugitive leading to possible color run during the cleaning process.  Of course there are many fine examples of Moroccan rugs with stable dyes, but many Moroccan rugs in the US and European markets unfortunately have less stable dyes.  For this reason, professional cleaners must take special care not to let colors run during a cleaning process.  When searching for a Moroccan rug cleaner, take special care to ask about the cleaning process and what steps are taken to minimize the risk of color run.  A good Moroccan carpet cleaner will have experience with different types of Moroccan rugs and kilims to ensure that they can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Antique Persian Rug Fringe Repair - Before Picture

Persian rugs are exquisite, timeless, beautiful, and amazingly durable works of art able to withstand generations of wear, tear, and memories.  One of the only true threats to fine Persian rugs are tiny beings nearly invisible to the naked eye.  What are these powerful tiny threats to fine wool Persian rugs?  Moths, of course.  Any collector of Persian rugs will know that preventing moth damage is key.  Regular professional cleanings and avoidance of storing rugs in humid and dark places can save a collector lots of heartache.   The owners of this beautiful antique Persian rug pictured above were unfortunately among the many unlucky people to find that their fine rug suffered significant moth damage that compromised various parts of the pile in the center field of the rug, as well as areas along the fringe.  Pictured above is the damaged area along the fringe.

Our first task when we receive a carpet that has been damaged by moths is to professionally clean the rug so that we ensure that all signs of moth infestation are eliminated.  The next step is to identify and isolate each area that has been damaged and compromised by the moth infestation.  For this project, after we professionally cleaned the rug, we removed all wool yarns that were damaged and compromised to reveal the underlying cotton warp (moths definitely prefer wool over cotton).  In our next posts, we will share how we approached repairing this section of the rug.  Fringe repair is critical as it literally binds the rest of the rug to hold its structure in place.